Internet Safety for Kids & Teens

If you are a young child or teen that likes to talk to people online, make sure that you know what you are doing.  Remember, there are predators out there who want to talk to you for all of the wrong reasons.

Listed below are a few ways that you can help yourself stay safe while talking with others online.  By following these details you will be able to have a great time online without putting your safety in danger.

1. Make sure that you know who you are talking to.  If you get the feeling that the other person is lying to you, you should immediately get offline.  This will help you to avoid problems before they even start.

2. Never give out contact information even if you think that you know who the other person is.  There is a very good chance that they may be lying to you just because they want to talk to you on the phone, or meet you in person.  By keeping your contact information to yourself, you should never have to worry about somebody violating your privacy.

3. Keep your parents involved with your internet life at all times.  If you are being harassed by somebody online, make sure that you tell your parents right away.  They will be able to handle the situation in the best way possible, while at the same time teaching you how to avoid these problems.  Remember, your parents are your friends.  They want to help keep you safe, even when online.

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